Daily D – 2 Kings 19:17-19
2 Kings 19:17-19 “It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.”
Wood, stone, and precious metal make fragile gods. Fragile gods ultimately fail. Fragile gods lead to fragile followers. Our God, however, can do anything but fail. The battle is won. The war is over.
Psalm 46:10 is a declaration of truth for every age, and for the age beyond all time: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Now and again, when you begin to wonder if God is alive and well and active in this world, remember Isaiah 37, 2 Kings 19, and 2 Chronicles 32. A brash politician declared his superiority over everyone and everything. He destroyed every god of every people who got in his way. Our Father in heaven was next on his list.
There is one God who did not, and does not, fail. He does not tremble when politicians politick. They may have their fingers on switches to launch bombs, but he has his finger on times and seasons, inputs and outcomes, now and forever. When all is said and done, he alone will have the final say.
What are you afraid of? What makes you tremble?
Go back to Psalm 46. Read verse 1: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
1. Our refuge
2. Our strength
3. Our ever-present help
Read the rest of the psalm and take note of how it sounds a lot like the newspaper. It also writes upcoming headlines. Verse 11 reminds us of how we can live in ultimate security in this insecure world.
I will trust the God who does not fail.
Our Father, as the old song says, you can do anything, anything, anything but fail. You will win this day. You will win this era. You will win all of time because you have beaten death, beaten politicians, beaten empires, beaten every test of every time. You win. You are the Eternal One. You have the final say. Thank you for refuge, strength, and help for this day and all those to come. Amen.
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Acts 10:34, 35 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
Acts 5:38, 39 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”